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exercise with the u.s. navy. the drills are being conducted off of south korea's east coast. we have more from seoul. it is an exercise that has been months in the planning. -- >> it is an exercise that has been months in the planning. a third nuclear test could lead the us and south korea to plan for a preemptive strike against the north in the future to prevent a nuclear missile launch. >> the us will have a nuclear submarine around the korean coast. the nuclear power can be deployed to korea. if the us and korea want, they will pre-empt, attack preemptively any time. >> they released footage of the president being briefed by security staff. >> north korea should pay the price for its provocation. we will recommend sanctions with practical effect. >> what was interesting was the wording, an explicit promise to carry out direct actions against north korea as part of the sanctions, a little more than a week after north korea said it would take strong, physical countermeasures against the south if it did so. it is very publicly responding to that challenge. from beijing, north korea's trad
earthquake was detected in and around the test site. the u.s. geological survey measured magnitude 4.9, considerably more powerful than previous tests. leaders have condemned it. and there are protests in south korea. they have the north korean flag and pictures of the leader of north korea, kim john thune. >> this remote mountain range in northern north korea for weeks has been under scrutiny. on tuesday the wait was over. pyeongchang said it carried out a test of a miniaturized nuclear weapons in a tunnel. this nuclear tests, unlike the previous one, was safely and perfect conducted at a high level by using a smaller and lighter nuclear armed with high explosive part. >> that claim marks a change about north korea's nuclear program. for years the governments here and in the u.s. have said north korea was some way of having a miniaturize device suitable for use on top of a missile. at least, this test brings that prospect closer. despite last year's successful rocket launch, north korea has yet to develop ballistic missile that could strike the u.s. that the country it says its nucl
. for those inside syria that's been their daily reality for almost two years. >> the u.s. government has grounded its entire fleet of new f-35 fighter planes. a cracked blade was found in one of the jet's engines. the joint strike fighter is the pentagon's most expensive project. >> the f-35 is the centerpiece of the pentagon's biggest weapons replacement program jsf, joint strike fighter. now, for the second time in two months, all 51 radar evading jets have been grounded. a routine inspection revealed a crack on a turbine blade in the jet engine of an f-35 test arkte. the $396 billion program relies on help from eight other countries to fund development. >> there have been a host of problems with the f-35, everything from pilot's helmets displays to air frame issues. when we start talking about power plants or the engine blades, the things of that nature, that's really quite serious and that's almost in a different category, because then you're talking about the very likely potential of catastrophic engine failure in flight. >> the u.s. defense department describes the grounding as pre
mountain cabin in the u.s., the latest twist in the hunt for a former police officer accused of murder. pope benedict xvi has given his first weekly general audience since he shocked the world by becoming the first pontiff in six centuries to step down. he received a long standing ovation as he made its way into the audience hall at the vatican? . later he will preside over an ash wednesday mass. will go to our correspondent at the vatican. he said that he is stepping down for the good of the church. >> absolutely. the pope went straight into it. his first words were that he has taken the decision in full freedom and for the good of the church. he went on explaining that he understood the gravity of the moment. then he came to the realization that he did not have the spiritual or the material's strength to carry out his ministry. it was a standing ovation for the pope. it was a very festive atmosphere in the auditorium. 8000 people were there singing before he arrived. there was music. the vatican also want to show this is not a dramatic moments, this is a difficult moment for the chur
ending the killing and destruction. >> first, charlie is live for us from moscow with more on those developments. what more did they have to say? >> after saying that the syrian government is ready to dialogue, all of the who want dialogue, he went on to say that a branch about qaeda it is the main fighting force in syria -- a branch about tied it is the main fighting force in syria. these other words that moscow does not want to hear, one of the biggest worries over a destabilized syria is that it will impact russia's own troubled relationship. that aside, the talk of dialogue is very encouragingly. that was the aim of bringing them here to moscow. especially gratifying considering that the head rejected an invitation for talks from moscow from saturday. hoping to bring the two together, that would have been a real diplomatic coup, but it will not happen quite yet. not to say that russia's position has not changed. crucially he added that it was not based on support of any particular personalities. the syrian government is going to be very keen to keep russia as allies throughout t
. >> many thanks. keep us updated. that live report from pretoria outside the courthouse where oscar pistorius will appear shortly. now to the rest of news. israel has confirmed for the first time it's simple in prison and australian-is really national under a false name after reporting the restrictions on the so-called prisoner x were lifted. the man later died in custody. now this report. parks israel has broken its silence on the case of the mysterious prisoner x, a man who purportedly had died in this prison. the government has confirmed it jailed a man with dual nationality under a false name. its statement says " a prisoner was an israeli citizen and also had foreign citizenship was jailed for security reasons. prisoner was held under a pseudonym, but his family was notified of the arrest immediately." >> it goes on to say the prisoners' rights were observed at all times but that he was found dead in his cell two years ago. australian tv says this is the man held prisoner. he reportedly held israeli and australian citizenship and used three different names. ben zygier, ben alle
>> this is "al jazeera." >> welcome to the news hour. it is good to have you here with us. coming up on this program, history in the making. south korea gets its first female president. thousands turn out for her swearing in. >> anger and pessimist mism in italy -- pesimism in italy. >> protests in the west bank after a prisoner dies in israeli custody. palestinians say he was tortured. fidel castro makes a rare public appearance in cuba despite the concerns he plans to retire. and red carpet ready. hollywood's biggest name for the most unpredictable oscars in the earth. >> we begin in south korea for the inauguration of the country's first female president has gun in seoul. you're looking at live pictures in the ceremony. there's increasing tension with north korea as she begins a five-year term. she'll also have to deal with the economic worries as the gap between the rich and the poor in south korea grows larger. harry foster is live in the capital. harry, what's been happening there? >> well, just many the last couple of minutes, pa krving enay has arrived here. as you can see
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